Gerard Depardieu Reportedly Accused of Rape

Gerard Depardieu

The French public prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into rape and sexual assault allegations against the actor Gérard Depardieu, Agence France-Presse has reported.

Depardieu is the second major French film figure accused of sexual assault this summer after two women came forward to accuse The Fifth Element director Luc Besson of sexual assault. Starring in over 180 films, the 69-year-old actor is best known for playing the titular character in the 1990 version of Cyrano de Bergerac, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and his role of Porthos in The Man In The Iron Mask. "The case was passed on to the Paris prosecutor", the source told Reuters.

French superstar Gerard Depardieu faces allegations of rape and harassment in France.

Speaking to BFM television, a lawyer for Depardieu dismissed the accusations.

The BBC reports that French authorities have launched an investigation into the claims after a woman approached authorities in southern France, claiming to have been raped at Depardieu's home in Paris on August 7 and again on August 13 of this year.

The actress was "devastated" by the alleged attack, her agent said to BFM-TV.

One of France's most prolific actors, Depardieu has taken part in about 170 movies in his career and gained worldwide recognition in 1990 after starring in English language comedy "Green Card". He has more than 200 credits to his name and recently starred in Netflix's French political series Marseille.

Able to combine bearish physicality with emotional delicacy on screen, he has played in some 170 films, getting his big break in 1973 with Les Valseuses (Going Places).

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